Culture can help in the fight against crime
The Police Service has once again taken the cultural route in conveying crime prevention messages to the Swazi nation in a bid to intensify the fight against crime in the country.
Using culture as a medium for fighting crime, Siphofaneni Police Crime Prevention Unit in collaboration with the Siphofaneni constituency facilitated a crime prevention cultureday involving all the ten chiefdoms under it namely:
Tamboti, Mkhweli, Madlenya, Maphilingo, Nceka,Hlutse,Vikizijula, Ngevini and Macetjeni. Lutsango, imbali and sibhaca groups were competing in cultural dance as they were expected to compose traditional songs conveying messages against crime.
This was a second event as the first one was held last year at Sithobela constituencyanditwasthemed “Silwa nebucala ngekutfutfukisa emasiko”. Prince Majaha and Prince Mcwasho were among the notable guests along with pupils from Buckswood School in England.
AlsoinattendancewasSeniorDeputy National Commissioner of Police WilliamDlaminitogetherwithDeputy NationalCommissionerRossMaseko.
Speaking during the event, Prince Majaha who was the guest of honor, said the country was forever grateful to the Royal Swaziland Police Service for its fight against crime.
He said it was even more exciting that the police were now incorporating culture into the fight against crime which was a language most Swazis understood.
The Prince noted that though the crime rate was not that alarming in thecountry,itwas keythatsuchevents that sensitised Swazis about the dangers of crime be held on a regular basissothatpeoplewerewellinformed about crime prevention.
He commended the police service for adopting the cultural route in conveying crime prevention messages to the community. He said people are more likely to understand them in cultural form as it was the Swazi way of life.Traditional authorities were alsochallengedtowork withthepolice service in ensuring that the crime rate is kept at a minimum because it had adverse effects on the economy of the country.
Pupils from Buckswood School were given a chance to showcase their ingadla and ummiso dancing skills.
Vikizijula chiefdom dominated proceedings win the lutsango and imbali trophies with position one while sibhaca championship went to Ngevini chiefdom.
The crime prevention culture day is aimed at reaching out to the masses that are not reachable in schools, churches and community meetings, they include out of school youth.
The crime prevention unit decried thattheyhadtaughtindifferentforums however they could not get the out of school youth instead they could only reach the elderly people yet it wastheyouththatwasmostlyinvolved in crime.
STRESSING A POINT: Prince Majaha who was the guest speaker during the culture crime prevention campaign addressing the gathering.